As Georgia Gwinnett College grows, so does its participation in community events. Grizzlies were all across Lawrenceville for this past Saturday’s Rock'n Rib Festival and Great Days of Service.
A small army of about 200 students spent the day working on community beautification projects and assisting with a local fundraising event.
Some students cleaned and beautified the entrance to the offices of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, as well as its grounds. Others eliminated unsightly graffiti and paint fencing, while others welcomed recyclers, unloaded materials and assisted with paper shredding.
Meanwhile, more students provided support for the Autism Support Group’s 5K/10K Race and Festival, including assisting with volunteer check-in, taking tickets and manning festival rides, and helping with the event’s silent auction.
The Association of Information Technology Professionals also manned a booth at the festival in which they sold stuffed animals to raise money for the next National Collegiate Conference in the spring.
At 2 p.m., the students congregated in downtown Lawrenceville for a group recognition at the Rock'n Rib Festival by Jim Fatzinger, GGC associate vice president for Student Affairs, and Seijin Tranberg, president of the GGC Student Government Association. Service is one of the college’s four core values.
“I find that service is more of a way of life, rather than just something we do every now and then,” Tranberg said. “Whether it’s your spouse, sibling, significant other, stranger, son or daughter, we should make a conscious choice and endeavor to truly be there for others.”
At 6 p.m., sports fans got to meet the Grizzlies’ intercollegiate team coaches, as well as athletes representing GGC’s inaugural men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, baseball and softball teams. The group was introduced to the Lawrenceville community on the Rock'n Rib Festival’s main stage.